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The short-term rental amendments respond to issues raised from the dramatic increase in the number of residences being rented informally on a short-term basis (fewer than 30 days) through Internet sites such as Airbnb and HomeAway. In Portland, Airbnb has the largest concentration of listings: over 1,600 in 2014 (up from 107 in January 2011). The most common listings are from hosts who live on their property and offer a bedroom for rent in their home. This is a new way of providing visitor lodging accommodations and Portland, like many cities, is determining how to regulate these short-term rentals.
The amendments create a new Accessory Short-Term Rental permit that will allow a resident to rent one to two bedrooms in their house, attached house, duplex, manufactured home or accessory dwelling unit to overnight guests. Currently, the Zoning Code requires a conditional use review for all bed and breakfast facilities regardless of their size. The proposed permit process offers smaller scale short-term rentals a less expensive and faster process, while ensuring that the adjacent neighbors are notified of the activity. Three-to-five bedroom short-term rentals will continue to require a conditional use review.
In the summer of 2014, as part of RICAP 6, the Portland City Council approved new regulations for accessory short-term rentals in single family houses and duplexes. These regulations, effective on August 29, 2014, created a new permit that allow a resident to rent up to two bedrooms in their home to overnight guests. While Mayor Hales lauded this as a step in the right direction to support the sharing economy, he also directed his staff to explore options for expanding the program to include multi-dwelling buildings such as apartments and condominiums.
The Mayor’s staff convened a working group that included multi-dwelling housing interests and City staff to discuss issues related to accessory short-term rentals in multi-dwelling buildings. Input from these discussions along with testimony during the City Council hearings on RICAP 6 influenced the recommendations.
The recommendations found in Accessory Short-Term Rentals in Multi-Dwelling Structures—Mayor’s Recommended Draft propose to allow accessory short-term rentals in 1 unit or up to 10% of the total units in multi-dwelling buildings. In multi-dwelling structures short-term rentals that rent one or two bedrooms follow similar rules to those already in effect for single dwellings: the short-term rental must be accessory to household living; basic safety measures must be met; and required notice sent to surrounding residents.
Summarizes the short-term rental regulations from the proposed draft, as amended by staff’s April 8, 2014 memo
Adopted code/commentary that allows accessory short-term rentals in single dwelling and duplex units. Implementing ordinance #186736.These amendments were adopted as part of RICAP 6. Effective date: August 29, 2014
This report contains the same code language/commentary as in the Mayor’s Recommended Draft (As Amended). Implementing ordinance #186976 is located in the back. Effective date: February 13, 2015.
This handout summarizes amendments proposed to the accessory short-term rentals regulations that would allow short-term rentals in multi-dwelling structures. Currently the regulations only apply to single-dwellings and duplexes.
Mayor Charlie Hales’ recommended Zoning Code amendments to allow accessory short-term rentals in multi-dwelling structures
City Council approved these regulations allowing accessory short-term rentals in multi-dwelling structures on Jan. 14, 2015.
This report contains the code language and commentary for proposed accessory short-term rental regulations
Summarizes the accessory short-term rental regulations adopted by City Council on July 30, 2014, and effective August 29, 2014
Slides from staff’s briefing to the Planning and Sustainability Commission on the proposed accessory short-term rental code amendments